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Korean Air Wins Top Award For ‘Best Business Class Red’ in ‘Cellars in the Sky 2017’ Airline Wine Awards

February 23, 2018 Accolades No Comments Email Email

Korean Air has taken the top award in the ‘Best Business Class Red’ category in the 2017 Business Traveller ‘Cellars in the Sky’ airline wine awards. ‘Cellars in the Sky’, which celebrates the best first and business class wines served by airlines worldwide, announced the winners at a ceremony in London on February 20th. Korean Air received the gold medal in the ‘Best Business Class Red Wine’ category for serving Haselgrove Catkin Shiraz 2014 in its Prestige Class (Business Class). In addition, the airline also received the bronze medal in the ‘Best First Class Red Wine’ category for serving Chateau Du Tertre 2007. Business Traveller, the global travel magazine, has been running the renowned ‘Cellars in the Sky’ awards annually since 1985.  Approximately 400 wines from 30 carriers, including Korean Air, Air France, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and British Airways, were submitted for the 2017 awards. The winners are determined by blind tastings conducted by a panel of wine experts.

General Manager of London regional office, Jong Rae Kim(right) and co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge, Charles Metcalfe(left) pose for a photo at a ceremony of ‘Cellars in the Sky 2017’ in London on February 20th.

Korean Air serves a total of 49 wines on board, including 15 wines chosen specifically for First class. The airline maintains the highest level of quality by purchasing wines from eleven countries, depending on consumption and trends. Korean Air also pre-orders some wines 3-4 years in advance of the expected in-flight service to secure wines in the best condition and local speciality wines are also served, according to the flight destination.

Korean Air holds a global reputation as an airline of ‘world class in-flight service’; awards received include the Mercury Award for the airline’s traditional Korean in-flight meal, Business Travellers’ Best Airline Award in the entertainment category and PAX International’s award for Best In-Flight Meal Service in Asia.


  1. Haselgrove Catkin Shiraz 2014

o    Gold Medal in the ‘Best Business Class Red Wine’

o    Service route: Oceania

“Catkin Shiraz 2014” comes from the Haselgrove Winery in McLaren Vale, an internationally renowned wine region in South Australia. The wine is made from high quality grapes, which are grown with environmental friendly agriculture. Catkin Shiraz gives hints of plum, oak, chocolate and matches various dishes including meat and cheese. (90 Points by Robert Parker)

  1. Chateau Du Tertre 2007

o    Bronze Medal in the ‘First Class Red Wine”

o    Service route: Europe

“Chateau Du Tertre” is produced in the Margaux appellation of the Bordeaux region of France and rose to worldwide fame in the 19th century thanks to the 1855 classification Grand Cru Classe.

The wine is made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and matured for 18 months in oak barrels. It features an impressive and deep colour with strawberry and raspberry notes. Giving a rich fruit flavour, Chateau Du Tertre matches with main dishes and cheese.

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